Vote 2011: City of Louisville



Louisville Mayor

Bob Muckle

Sheri Marsella x

Sheri Marsella, 54, has been mayor
pro tem of Louisville for the past four years and on the City Council
for nine. Her focus is on maintaining Louisville’s quality of life,
while assuring economic sustainability into the future. If elected
mayor, Marsella says one of the first issues she wants to tackle is the
building of a pedestrian underpass at the Washington/McCaslin
intersection, to take pedestrians and cyclists out of the mix of heavy
traffic while on their way to Harper Lake and Davidson Mesa. Marsella is
a trained attorney who says her experience lies in municipal, finance
and transit as well as having long-standing relationships with local,
regional and state officials.

The town of Louisville was named the number one small town in the country, and Bob Muckle,
51, wants to maintain that standing. Muckle’s focus is in preserving a
balance between regional retail and housing, along with working with the
development of the ConocoPhillips campus to enable that project, while
ensuring that the needs of the community are met. Muckle has been on the
City Council for the past six years and would continue to work on
safeguarding Louisville’s historic resources and small-town character.
He is for an open and transparent government and against rezoning
revenue-generating commercial land to deficit-producing residential

We’re going with Marsella because of her
experience as mayor pro tem and her years on the City Council. Plus, an
underpass at Washington/McCaslin would be a welcome addition to that

Louisville City Council

Ward 1

Bill Scanlon

Jay Keany x

Bill Scanlon, 60, is a former
columnist for the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News and currently works
for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Scanlon wants to maintain
Louisville’s historic small-town character and is against turning the
empty Sam’s Club and Safeway space into residential developments. He’s
also for expanding the open space surrounding the town and making
Louisville more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians. Scanlon says he
will bring a fresh perspective to the City Council.

Jay Keany, 53, also wants to
maintain Louisville’s small-town feel while still being
business-friendly. He wants to make sure the town is doing everything it
can to help ConocoPhillips in the development of its campus, along with
filling the vacant retail spaces around town. Keany brings the
experience of being on the council from 1993 to 2005, serving as
president of the Downtown Business Association, chairman of the
Louisville Housing Authority, and a member of the city’s Finance
Committee and Legal Review Committee.

We’re endorsing Jay Keany for his previous experience on City Council and his involvement in other local organizations.

Ward II

Susan Loo x

Dean Smith

Susan Loo, 58, has been on the
Louisville Planning Commission for the past eight years. She’s proud
that her work on the commission contributed to Louisville being named
the number one small town in the U.S. and is hoping to work to maintain
that status. If on the council, she wants to focus on making
business-friendly policies and strengthening the town’s retail presence
to increase revenues. She would also like to focus on basic services,
prioritizing repair and replacement of aging streets, equipment and

Dean Smith, 41, is co-founder and
president of the public relations firm New Stage Media and is dedicated
to balancing regional retail and residential properties by filling the
vacant retail spaces with businesses and being cautious of replacing
them with residential development. He would also like to connect any
application for the demolition of historic buildings to the process of
approving the overall development. He says developers shouldn’t be able to
apply for a demolition permit without a development proposal. He also
values the open space surrounding the town.

We are endorsing Susan Loo for her experience on the Louisville Planning Commission and her contributions to Louisville’s small-town status in the U.S.

Ward III

Hank Dalton, 72, is running
unopposed and previously served on the City Council and Louisville
Planning Commission. He wants to focus on filling the vacant retail
spaces with new businesses.